The Cull Reunion
One hundred and sixty-six Culls and O'Donnells (a different branch from last summers reunion) got together in mid-July to reestablish their family network. The events for the long week-end were well orchestrated, with a Bar B Q at Roland Cull's on Friday, a dinner and dance at the Hall on Saturday (with everything decorated in red, white, and blue), and volley ball, swimming, and tours of the Island the rest of the time.
Our local pros were on stage for the dance: Edward, Rich, Danny, Paul Niehaus, and Dick Wathan, with six-year-old Jewell accompanying most numbers. Yellow T-shirts were passed out with a map of Beaver Island, in case anyone got lost. At Friday night's Bingo game, Culls went on a roll, first winning $50, then $100 (by another couple in yellow), and then $200.
Saturday night, when it was time to break up the party, Danny sang Goodnight Irene two, three, maybe four times. It wasn't that people didn't get the message; they were just having too good of a time to want to go home. In the end, new friends were made for life.
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